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Visa Bulletin for September 2004

Number 73
Volume VIII
Washington, D.C.

IMMIGRANT NUMBERS FOR SEPTEMBER 2004

A. STATUTORY NUMBERS

1. This bulletin summarizes the availability of immigrant numbers during September. Consular officers are required to report to the Department of State documentarily qualified applicants for numerically limited visas; the Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services in the Department of Homeland Security reports applicants for adjustment of status. Allocations were made, to the extent possible under the numerical limitations, for the demand received by August 11th in the chronological order of the reported priority dates. If the demand could not be satisfied within the statutory or regulatory limits, the category or foreign state in which demand was excessive was deemed oversubscribed. The cut-off date for an oversubscribed category is the priority date of the first applicant who could not be reached within the numerical limits. Only applicants who have a priority date earlier than the cut-off date may be allotted a number. Immediately that it becomes necessary during the monthly allocation process to retrogress a cut-off date, supplemental requests for numbers will be honored only if the priority date falls within the new cut-off date.

2. The fiscal year 2004 limit for family-sponsored preference immigrants determined in accordance with Section 201 of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) is 226,000. The fiscal year 2004 limit for employment-based preference immigrants calculated under INA 201 is 192,074. Section 202 prescribes that the per-country limit for preference immigrants is set at 7% of the total annual family-sponsored and employment-based preference limits, i.e., 30,130 for FY-2004. The dependent area limit is set at 2%, or 8,608.

3. Section 203 of the INA prescribes preference classes for allotment of immigrant visas as follows:

FAMILY-SPONSORED PREFERENCES

First:  Unmarried Sons and Daughters of Citizens:  23,400 plus any numbers not required for fourth preference.

Second:  Spouses and Children, and Unmarried Sons and Daughters of Permanent Residents:  114,200, plus the number (if any) by which the worldwide family preference level exceeds 226,000, and any unused first preference numbers:

A. Spouses and Children:  77% of the overall second preference limitation, of which 75% are exempt from the per-country limit;

B. Unmarried Sons and Daughters (21 years of age or older):  23% of the overall second preference limitation.

Third:  Married Sons and Daughters of Citizens:  23,400, plus any numbers not required by first and second preferences.

Fourth:  Brothers and Sisters of Adult Citizens:  65,000, plus any numbers not required by first three preferences.

EMPLOYMENT-BASED PREFERENCES

First:  Priority Workers: 28.6% of the worldwide employment-based preference level, plus any numbers not required for fourth and fifth preferences.

Second:  Members of the Professions Holding Advanced Degrees or Persons of Exceptional Ability:  28.6% of the worldwide employment-based preference level, plus any numbers not required by first preference.

Third: Skilled Workers, Professionals, and Other Workers:  28.6% of the worldwide level, plus any numbers not required by first and second preferences, not more than 10,000 of which to "Other Workers".

Fourth:  Certain Special Immigrants: 7.1% of the worldwide level.

Fifth:  Employment Creation:  7.1% of the worldwide level, not less than 3,000 of which reserved for investors in a targeted rural or high-unemployment area, and 3,000 set aside for investors in regional centers by Sec. 610 of P.L. 102-395.

4. INA Section 203(e) provides that family-sponsored and employment-based preference visas be issued to eligible immigrants in the order in which a petition in behalf of each has been filed. Section 203(d) provides that spouses and children of preference immigrants are entitled to the same status, and the same order of consideration, if accompanying or following to join the principal. The visa prorating provisions of Section 202(e) apply to allocations for a foreign state or dependent area when visa demand exceeds the per-country limit. These provisions apply at present to the following oversubscribed chargeability areas: INDIA, MEXICO, and PHILIPPINES.

5. On the chart below, the listing of a date for any class indicates that the class is oversubscribed (see paragraph 1); "C" means current, i.e., numbers are available for all qualified applicants; and "U" means unavailable, i.e., no numbers are available. (NOTE: Numbers are available only for applicants whose priority date is earlier than the cut-off date listed below.)

Family All Chargeability Areas Except Those Listed INDIA MEXICO PHILIPPINES
1st 22OCT00 22OCT00 01JAN92 15JUL90
2A* 15APR00 15APR00 15SEP97 15APR00
2B 01JUL95 01JUL95 01SEP91 01JUL95
3rd 15OCT97 15OCT97 01MAY92 22AUG87
4th 15AUG92 22SEP91 15AUG92 22MAR82

*NOTE:  For September, 2A numbers EXEMPT from per-country limit are available to applicants from all countries with priority dates earlier than 15SEP97. 2A numbers SUBJECT to per-country limit are available to applicants chargeable to all countries EXCEPT MEXICO with priority dates beginning 15SEP97 and earlier than 15APR00. (All 2A numbers provided for MEXICO are exempt from the per-country limit; there are no 2A numbers for MEXICO subject to per-country limit.)

Employment-Based All Chargeability Areas Except Those Listed INDIA MEXICO PHILIPPINES
1st C C C C
2nd C C C C
3rd C C C C
Other Workers C C C C
4th C C C C
Certain Religious
Workers
C C C C
5th C C C C
Targeted Employment Areas/Regional Centers C C C C

The Department of State has available a recorded message with visa availability information which can be heard at: (area code 202) 663-1541. This recording will be updated in the middle of each month with information on cut-off dates for the following month.

B. DIVERSITY IMMIGRANT (DV) CATEGORY

Section 203(c) of the Immigration and Nationality Act provides a maximum of up to 55,000 immigrant visas each fiscal year to permit immigration opportunities for persons from countries other than the principal sources of current immigration to the United States. The Nicaraguan and Central American Relief Act (NACARA) passed by Congress in November 1997 stipulates that beginning with DV-99, and for as long as necessary, up to 5,000 of the 55,000 annually-allocated diversity visas will be made available for use under the NACARA program. This reduction has resulted in the DV-2004 annual limit being reduced to 50,000. DV visas are divided among six geographic regions. No one country can receive more than seven percent of the available diversity visas in any one year.

For September, immigrant numbers in the DV category are available to qualified DV-2004 applicants chargeable to all regions/eligible countries as follows. When an allocation cut-off number is shown, visas are available only for applicants with DV regional lottery rank numbers BELOW the specified allocation cut-off number:

Region

All DV Chargeability
Areas Except Those
Region Listed Separately

   

AFRICA

AF 35,450 Except: Ethiopia 31,600
Ghana 27,600
Nigeria 18,600

ASIA

AS 16,300  

EUROPE

EU 28,700  

NORTH AMERICA (BAHAMAS)

NA 15  

OCEANIA

OC CURRENT  

SOUTH AMERICA,
and the CARIBBEAN

SA CURRENT  

Entitlement to immigrant status in the DV category lasts only through the end of the fiscal (visa) year for which the applicant is selected in the lottery. The year of entitlement for all applicants registered for the DV-2004 program ends as of September 30, 2004. DV visas may not be issued to DV-2004 applicants after that date. Similarly, spouses and children accompanying or following to join DV-2004 principals are only entitled to derivative DV status until September 30, 2004. DV visa availability through the very end of FY-2004 cannot be taken for granted. Numbers could be exhausted prior to September 30. Once all numbers provided by law for the DV-2004 program have been used, no further issuances will be possible.

C. ADVANCE NOTIFICATION OF THE DIVERSITY (DV) IMMIGRANT CATEGORY RANK CUT-OFFS WHICH WILL APPLY IN OCTOBER

For October , immigrant numbers in the DV category are available to qualified DV-2005 applicants chargeable to all regions/eligible countries as follows. When an allocation cut-off number is shown, visas are available only for applicants with DV regional lottery rank numbers BELOW the specified allocation cut-off number:

Region

All DV Chargeability
Areas Except Those
Region Listed Separately

 

AFRICA

AF 9,900

ASIA

AS 9,600

EUROPE

EU 10,850

NORTH AMERICA (BAHAMAS)

NA 5

OCEANIA

OC 150

SOUTH AMERICA,
and the CARIBBEAN

SA 300

D. RETROGRESSION OF CUT-OFF DATES FOR SEPTEMBER

Visa Bulletin number 72, advised readers that continued heavy applicant demand for numbers could require additional retrogressions during September. It has been necessary to retrogress the Mexico F2B and Philippines F3 cut-off dates for September to keep issuances within the annual numerical limits.

With the start of the new fiscal year in October, an attempt will be made to return the cut-off dates to the latest dates established during FY-2004.

E. FY-2003 DIVERSITY VISA STATISTICAL AND TREND ANALYSIS

In fiscal year 2003, Department of State embassies and consulates issued 48,115 diversity visas to persons from 158 countries/geographic entities.

The “typical” principal applicant issued a diversity visa was a male professional, aged 26-30, holding a university degree. 22,323 visas were issued to persons from Europe, followed by 19,227 for Africa, 6,557 for Asia, 2,024 for South America, 675 for OC, and 6 for North America.

For FY-2003, the top ten countries for DV allocations, including visas issued by Department of State overseas posts and adjustments of status by CIS, were: Ethiopia (3,784), Nigeria (3,386), Ukraine (2,935), Poland (2,899), Bulgaria (2,796), Kenya (2,272), Morocco (2,045), Lithuania (2,039), Albania (2,035), and Nepal (1,754). These ten countries accounted for 51% of all approved visas/adjustments. Nepal showed the sharpest increase in the number of visa recipients, increasing from 521 in FY-2002 to 1,754 in FY-2003. Other countries with significant increases included Bulgaria (1,925 to 2,796), Lithuania (1,139 to 2,039), Togo (564 to 1,434), Kenya (1,487 to 2,272), Morocco (1,205 to 2,045), and Romania (953 to 1,425). The largest decreases were for Sierra Leone (810 to 146), Ukraine (3,395 to 2,935), Iran (785 to 365), and Bangladesh (1,101 to 755). Peru and Cuba continued to be the top two South American countries, with 810 and 314 allocations respectively and Fiji maintained the top position in OC with 317. As in previous years, all North American allocations went to the Bahamas (6).

The statistics cited below are drawn from the 48,115 visas issued by the Department of State (24,278 principal applicants, plus 23,837 derivative family members). They do not reflect CIS-processed cases.

Gender

60% of the DV-2003 principal applicants who received visas were male. Males were in the majority for all geographic regions, with Africa having the highest percentage of male to female visa recipients, 68% to 32%. When derivative applicants were included, males comprised 54.5% of visa recipients, with Africa again having the greatest percentage of males (59%). Visa recipients from Europe, South America, OC, and North America were almost evenly divided between male and female, while males represented 54.7% of Asian visa recipients.

Marital Status

The marital status of DV recipients varied significantly from region to region. In Africa, only 42% of issued principal applicants were married, while 64% of Europeans reported their status as married. Overall, 52.2% of principal applicants were married, 44.4% single, 2.4% divorced, 0.7% widowed, and 0.3% separated.

Age

Principal applicants were predominantly young adults between the ages of 21 and 35. 26-30 year old applicants represented the largest group, 26% of the total, with those aged 21-25 years comprised 21.5% and aged 31-35 accounted for 18.6% of the total. Only 5% of principal applicants were over 50 years old.

When derivative beneficiaries are added, persons 20 years old and younger account for 28% of all DV recipients.

Employment

The three most common occupational categories listed for principal applicants accounted for 45.6% of those reporting an occupation: 4,407 persons (18.2%%) reported Executive/Administrative/Managerial occupations, 3,529 (14.5%) reported Service occupations, and 3,140 (12.9%) reported they were students. Other significant occupational categories were Teachers, except Postsecondary (1,369), Admin Support including Clerks (1,359), Operators/Fabricators/Laborers (1,060), Sales (904), Technologists/Technicians (847) and Engineer, Surveyor/Map, Science (827). 1,931 principals applicants did not report an occupation and 716 were listed as Unemployed or Retired.

Derivative applicants show a similar employment profile, with 2,333 Executive/Administrative/Managerial employees heading the list, followed by 1,887 in the Service Occupations. The only categories that are significantly larger for derivative applicants are Housewife/Househusband, with 1,121 derivatives compared to 458 principals and Students/Children under 16, with 12,273 derivatives compared to 3,140 principal applicants.

Education

About 40% of the principal applicants reported having received a college/university or advanced degree. 16% of principal applicants reported having some college education, 18% a high school diploma, 7 % some high school, and 19% reported having attended vocational school. In Asia and Europe, the number who had completed a college or university degree was significantly higher than the average (57.5% of Asians and 49% of Europeans).

Biographic Data DV-2003 (Principal Applicants Only)

  AF AS EU NA OC SA Total
Gender              
Female 3454 1185 4504 2 144 387 9676
Male 7432 1814 4729 0 178 449 14602
Total 10886 2999 9233 2 322 836 24278

Biographic Data DV-2003 (Principal Applicants Only)

  AF AS EU NA OC SA Total
Marital Status              
Married 4566 1593 5910 1 153 460 12683
Single 6162 1343 2799 1 150 335 10790
Divorced 80 39 414 0 17 27 577
Separated 38 5 13 0 1 7 64
Widowed 40 19 97 0 1 7 164
Total 10886 2999 9233 2 322 836 24278
               
  AF AS EU NA OC SA Total
Occupation              
ADMIN SUPPORT INCLUDING CLERKS 674 212 372 0 25 76 1359
ARCHITECT 31 9 51 0 4 6 101
ARTIST/WRITER/ATHLETE/ENTERTAINER 92 53 153 0 17 10 325
COUNSELORS, EDUCATION/VOCATION 24 14 40 0 3 3 84
ENGINEER, SURVEYOR/MAP SCIENCE 206 120 458 0 9 34 827
EXECUTIVE, ADMIN, MANAGERIAL 1449 659 2015 1 114 169 4407
FARMING/FORESTRY/FISHING 70 4 114 0 3 5 196
HEALTH DIAGNOSING OCCUPATIONS 9 2 16 0 0 1 28
HEALTH TECHNOLOGIST/TECHNICIAN 99 18 70 0 1 14 202
HOUSEWIFE/HOUSEHUSBAND 104 133 189 0 0 32 458
INVALID/INACTIVE 1 0 1 0 0 0 2
LAWYERS AND JUDGES 55 22 74 0 5 20 176
LIBRARIANS/ARCHIVISTS/CURATORS 25 4 25 0 2 2 58
MATHEMATICAL/COMPUTER SCIENTIST 61 49 204 0 10 12 336
NATURAL SCIENTISTS 22 10 52 0 2 2 88
OCCUPATION NOT REPORTED 1541 148 222 0 6 14 1931
OPERATORS/FABRICATORS/LABORERS 545 20 449 0 10 36 1060
OTHER HEALTH ASSESSMENT/TREATMENT 55 26 54 0 1 13 149
PHYSICIAN 93 47 238 0 1 23 402
PRECISION PRODUCTION/CRAFT/REP 513 23 193 0 4 9 742
REGISTERED NURSES 130 18 154 0 3 7 312
SALES OCCUPATIONS 358 145 366 0 6 29 904
SERVICE OCCUPATIONS 1341 409 1599 0 39 141 3529
SOCIAL SCIENTIST/URBAN PLANNER 8 0 77 0 1 0 86
SOCIAL/RECREATION/RELIGIOUS WORK 57 10 32 0 0 2 101
STUDENTS/CHILDREN UNDER 16 1851 456 757 1 18 57 3140
TEACHERS, EXCEPT POSTSECONDARY 658 203 445 0 23 40 1369
TEACHERS, POSTSECONDARY 107 60 123 0 3 22 315
TECHNOLOGIST/TECHNICIAN, OTHER 467 40 293 0 9 38 847
UNEMPLOYED OR RETIRED 230 68 396 0 3 19 716
UNKNOWN 10 17 1 0 0 0 28
Total 10886 2999 9233 2 322 836 24278

Biographic Data DV-2003 (Principal Applicants Only)

  AF AS EU NA OC SA Total
Age Range              
0-5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
6-10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
11-15 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
16-20 602 120 262 0 9 14 1007
21-25 2745 591 1753 0 47 106 5242
26-30 3184 710 2245 1 88 167 6395
31-35 2090 595 1606 1 75 157 4524
36-40 1118 366 1132 0 33 139 2788
41-45 604 255 915 0 27 110 1911
46-50 323 182 573 0 25 55 1158
51-55 138 102 428 0 10 41 719
56-60 58 39 185 0 8 26 316
61-65 15 26 92 0 0 10 143
66-70 6 7 23 0 0 6 42
71-75 2 2 12 0 0 4 20
76-80 0 4 7 0 0 1 12
81-85 1 0 0 0 0 0 1
86-90 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
91-95 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
96-100 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
100+ 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 10886 2999 9233 2 322 836 24278
               
  AF AS EU NA OC SA Total
Education              
AF Advanced Degree 355 267 569 0 29 35 1255
AF College Degree 404 197 421 0 13 21 1056
AF College, No Degree 1841 470 972 1 56 73 3413
AF HIGH DIPLOMA 1817 346 1531 0 25 103 3822
AF HIGH SCHOOL/ NO DIPLOMA 1317 101 133 0 13 22 1586
AF UD - UNIVERSITY DEGREE 2040 1048 3009 1 110 159 6367
AF VOCATIONAL SCHOOL 2165 200 1557 0 71 90 4083
Total 9939 2629 8192 2 317 503 21582

Biographic Data DV-2003 (All Reported Applicants)

               
  AF AS EU NA OC SA Total
Gender              
Female 7648 2794 10174 3 310 949 21878
Male 11040 3380 10554 2 306 955 26237
Total 18688 6174 20728 5 616 1904 48115
               
               
  AF AS EU NA OC SA Total
Marital Status              
Married 8361 3078 11592 2 301 914 24248
Single 10164 3032 8606 3 296 949 23050
Divorced 80 39 414 0 17 27 577
Separated 43 6 19 0 1 7 76
Widowed 40 19 97 0 1 7 164
Total 18688 6174 20728 5 616 1904 48115
               
  AF AS EU NA OC SA Total
Occupation              
ADMIN SUPPORT INCLUDING CLERKS 993 295 598 0 36 112 2034
ARCHITECT 42 12 68 0 4 8 134
ARTIST/WRITER/ATHLETE/ENTERTAI 116 71 235 0 20 15 457
COUNSELORS, EDUCATION/VOCATION 37 18 56 0 5 3 119
ENGINEER,SURVEYOR/MAP SCIENCE 275 178 742 0 20 48 1263
EXECUTIVE, ADMIN, MANAGERIAL 2071 999 3257 2 154 257 6740
FARMING/FORESTRY/FISHING 90 10 188 0 3 9 300
HAVANA APPLICANTS PETR NOTIFICATION 4 0 0 0 0 0 4
HEALTH DIAGNOSING OCCUPATIONS 12 3 27 0 0 3 45
HEALTH TECHNOLOGIST/TECHNICIAN 135 26 120 0 1 23 305
HOUSEWIFE/HOUSEHUSBAND 469 440 549 0 18 103 1579
INVALID/INACTIVE 2 0 3 0 0 0 5
LAWYERS AND JUDGES 80 30 115 0 6 30 261
LIBRARIANS/ARCHIVISTS/CURATORS 30 4 35 0 3 2 74
MATHEMATICAL/COMPUTER SCIENTIS 91 65 300 0 11 19 486
MINOR - UNDER 18 261 7 63 0 0 31 362
NATURAL SCIENTISTS 39 13 70 0 2 4 128
OCCUPATION NOT REPORTED 1981 243 479 0 11 23 2737
OPERATORS/FABRICATORS/LABORERS 623 28 726 0 17 48 1442
OTHER HEALTH ASSESSMENT/TREATM 70 32 92 0 2 18 214
PHYSICIAN 135 75 381 0 1 35 627
PRECISION PRODUCTION/CRAFT/REP 651 30 288 0 4 10 983
REGISTERED NURSES 174 26 267 0 3 11 481
SALES OCCUPATIONS 593 195 578 0 9 39 1414
SERVICE OCCUPATIONS 1903 583 2654 0 58 218 5416
SOCIAL SCIENTIST/URBAN PLANNER 11 1 136 0 2 3 153
SOCIAL/RECREATION/RELIGIOUS WK 81 13 51 0 0 3 14

Biographic Data DV-2003 (All Reported Applicants)

  AF AS EU NA OC SA Total
Occupation              
STUDENTS/CHILDREN UNDER 16 5794 2194 6614 3 162 646 15413
TEACHERS, EXCEPT POSTSECONDARY 879 294 707 0 33 64 1977
TEACHERS, POSTSECONDARY 142 88 178 0 5 31 444
TECHNOLOGIST/TECHNICIAN, OTHER 543 56 450 0 11 57 1117
UNEMPLOYED OR RETIRED 318 110 676 0 14 30 1148
UNKNOWN 43 35 25 0 1 1 105
Total 7719 2777 8650 3 226 829 20204
               
  AF AS EU NA OC SA Total
Age Range              
0-5 1603 580 1639 1 50 173 4046
6-10 1004 449 1487 1 44 157 3142
11-15 780 361 1415 0 23 162 2741
16-20 1362 427 1549 0 39 144 3521
21-25 3438 732 2553 0 67 143 6933
26-30 4070 954 3505 2 117 251 8899
31-35 2936 934 2752 1 111 236 6970
36-40 1668 667 1954 0 52 217 4558
41-45 934 432 1597 0 48 178 3189
46-50 506 316 1019 0 34 92 1967
51-55 231 176 723 0 18 70 1218
56-60 103 76 311 0 11 45 546
61-65 32 46 154 0 1 19 252
66-70 13 12 42 0 1 11 79
71-75 2 7 19 0 0 5 33
76-80 1 5 9 0 0 1 16
81-85 5 0 0 0 0 0 5
86-90 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
91-95 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
96-100 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 18688 6174 20728 5 616 1904 48115
               
  AF AS EU NA OC SA Total
Education              
AF Advanced Degree 357 269 573 0 29 36 1264
AF College Degree 405 197 421 0 13 21 1057
AF College, No Degree 1845 470 974 1 58 74 3422
AF HIGH DIPLOMA 1821 348 1536 0 25 103 3833
AF HIGH SCHOOL/ NO DIPLOMA 1321 101 133 0 13 22 1590
AF UD - UNIVERSITY DEGREE 2045 1049 3031 1 110 164 6400
AF VOCATIONAL SCHOOL 2174 202 1567 0 75 90 4108
Total 9968 2636 8235 2 323 510 21674

Note: While data would have been entered for all Principal applicants, derivative applicant data may be incomplete.

F. DETERMINATION OF THE NUMERICAL LIMITS ON IMMIGRANT REQUIRED UNDER THE TERMS OF THE IMMIGRATION AND NATIONALITY ACT (INA)

The State Department is required to make a determination of the worldwide numerical limitations, as outlined in Section 201(c) and (d) of the INA, on an annual basis. These calculations are based in part on data provided by the Citizenship and Immigration Service (CIS) regarding the number of immediate relative adjustments in the preceding year and the number of aliens paroled into the United States under Section 212(d)(5) in the second preceding year. Without this information, it is impossible to make an official determination of the annual limits. To avoid delays in processing while waiting for the CIS data, the Visa Office (VO) bases allocation on the minimum annual limits outlined in Section 201 of the INA. On July 29 th , CIS provided the required data to VO.

The Department of State has determined the family and employment preference numerical limits for FY-2004 in accordance with the terms of Section 201 of the INA. These numerical limitations for FY-2004 are as follows:

Worldwide Family-Sponsored preference limit: 226,000
Worldwide Employment-Based preference limit: 204,422

Under INA Section 202(A), the per-country limit is fixed at 7% of the family and employment annual limits. For FY-2004 the per-country limit is 30,130. The dependent area annual limit is 2%, or 8,608.

G. OBTAINING THE MONTHLY VISA BULLETIN

The Department of State's Bureau of Consular Affairs offers the monthly "Visa Bulletin" on the INTERNET'S WORLDWIDE WEB. The INTERNET Web address to access the Bulletin is:

http://travel.state.gov

From the home page, select the VISA section which contains the Visa Bulletin.

To be placed on the Department of State's e-mail subscription list for the “Visa Bulletin”, please send an e-mail to the following e-mail address:

listserv@calist.state.gov

and in the message body type: Subscribe Visa-Bulletin First name/Last name (example: Subscribe Visa-Bulletin Sally Doe)

To be removed from the Department of State's e-mail subscription list for the “Visa Bulletin”, send an e-mail message to the following e-mail address:

listserv@calist.state.gov

and in the message body type: Signoff Visa-Bulletin

The Department of State also has available a recorded message with visa cut-off dates which can be heard at:  (area code 202) 663-1541. The recording is normally updated by the middle of each month with information on cut-off dates for the following month.

Readers may submit questions regarding Visa Bulletin related items by e-mail at the following address:

VISABULLETIN@STATE.GOV

(This address cannot be used to subscribe to the Visa Bulletin)

Department of State Publication 9514
CA/VO:August 11, 2004